You’re in here because somebody said you’re not normal, like normal’s the suit we’re all supposed to follow. But you know who else wasn’t normal? Picasso, Einstein. […] All I’m saying is: what if your problems aren’t in your head? What if they aren’t even problems?
a long post about the message of the blurryface era
all the blurryface music videos (and heathens) seem to be pretty different from the rest but all of them have the same theme, which is that connection with friends is the best way to cope, and no one is really alone.
heathens/heavydirtysoul - these two music videos parallel each other closely as i talked about in my last post. both start with tyler in a dark and unfamiliar place. he is sad and withdrawn. then, he sees josh. josh is drumming furiously and doesn’t notice tyler.
in both music videos tyler is represented by dark motifs (rooms, clothes, etc.) while josh’s motifs are glowing and bright. heathens - he’s drumming on a glowing box, which eventually becomes the stage on which he and tyler play. heavydirtysoul - his drums spark flames with every hit; they grow larger and eventually consume tyler as well.
both videos reach a climax in which tyler and josh interact with each other for the first time. the light (heathens) and flame (hds) grows to a blinding maximum and the two are rocking out together. josh is no longer ignoring tyler. tyler is no longer withdrawn; he is interacting with josh and for the moment his anxiety is gone. it’s a release but it’s not a painful one. he is coping.
and then in the end everything is back to normal - no yellow suit, no light, no flames. tyler is still there alone. blurryface is as present as ever. and the implication is that he has imagined josh. this is why josh didn’t notice tyler both times. he was merely an attempt for tyler to find someone to relate to. a cathartic figment of imagination. an imagination of light that tyler hasn’t found yet.
and what these songs mean in relation to the videos is clear. “all my friends are heathens” - there are so many people here going through the same thing as me, and while the general public considers us freaks, we are all here together and ready to stay that way. “can you save my heavydirtysoul” - implies desperately trying to find a way out of the situation. imagining salvation so fervently that it manifests as almost reality. salvation, here, is josh and the flames.
lane boy - this one is kind of similar to heathens and heavydirtysoul in that it starts with tyler, alone and contemplating, in the dark. but this time he’s worried about what he has done to become successful, and whether it’s good enough, and whether fame will change him and limit him. all these worries are new to the band, because they’re at the beginning of their rise to fame at this point. and in the video the dark road in the woods symbolizes that they’re in the dark and they’re being careful. stay low they say.
and then they’re playing on a stage, and everything is forgotten, and they REFUSE to stay low. if you notice in the video the moment tyler sees josh on stage, that is the moment he breaks his silence and starts to dance. to me this video represents that even though not everyone in the crowd might like what the band is doing, and even though there are critics behind that stage and out in that world, being able to play in front of thousands, together, tyler and josh, is worth it. at the end of this video is the realization that having each other means much more than success.
stressed out - i think this video illustrates the point the most obviously, but it does a great job handling the dichotomy between wanting to grow up and not wanting to grow up. obviously tyler and josh would rather hang out with each other, with no responsibilities, and make music without having to worry about how it is going to be received. and part of the music video is the deliberate denial of reality, and the fantasy of regressing into teenagerhood. but the last part? that’s the acknowledgement that they’re not always going to be kids and life will not be easy. tyler is walking down the street, alone, and without the backpack and the tricycle. this is a sign he’s maturing. and blurryface, he’s there too. i think that entire scene is representative of coming of age.
ride/fairly local - like heathens and heavydirtysoul, i think there’s strong evidence these videos parallel each other. both take place in an isolated location and make use of very polarized (no pun intended) environments. ride - the daytime and the nighttime. fairly local - the icy house and the red hallway.
so in ride, i think it’s really important that the verses and the bridge take place at night. this is where tyler is doing all his worrying. he doesn’t know what his place in life is and what his relationship to others is. who would you live for, who would you die for, would you ever kill? he’s overanalyzing. he’s in the dark, both literally and metaphorically, about everything. and he doesn’t know where he stands with anyone. he can’t see. he’s wearing dark glasses at night. josh is nowhere to be seen. and then the chorus is where he lets up. he acknowledges that there is a lot to worry about and a lot to analyze over, but he can still enjoy his life. even though he’s hurling through the unfamiliar course of life he can still take the time to look at the things that he loves. and the light comes on, and he can look at the beauty that’s around him, and he can see that there are people and things that mean a lot to him even though he’s questioning it all.
and then we have fairly local, where the majority of the video takes place in an icy house. the whole video seems very disconnected from the rest of the world. it’s freezing and desolate, both tyler and josh seem to ignore each other, and their demeanor is cold and apathetic. they’re trying very hard to remain unemotional, closed off, unable to see the damage they do to themselves and others. but that denial of their own feelings - that’s where blurryface manifests. he’s what’s causing their isolation, he’s there in the red hallway, changing into something darker and darker as tyler and josh continue to distance themselves.
and a thing i like about fairly local is that the quiet and desolate atmosphere of the video completely contradicts the lyrics of the song. “im fairly local, ive been around, ive seen the streets, youre walking down.” “the few, the proud, and the emotional.” he’s talking about the fanbase, and josh, and jenna, and everyone he’s been able to connect with. and the sense of group mentality and empathy are completely antithetical to the cold, quiet video that they represent breaking out of that atmosphere.
tear in my heart - this one is an oddball. all the music videos from this era have the common thread of using human connection as a symbol of coping with blurryface. most videos choose to represent that with the relationship between tyler and josh, but this video uses tyler and jenna instead. i think the content of the video is pretty straightforward, and a lot of people have dived into this theory, but the scene in which jenna beats up tyler is important. a common interpretation is that this scene actually represents jenna beating up blurryface. blurryface doesn’t give up without a fight, of course. wrestling with such a character, such a deeply rooted part of your thoughts, is going to cause some distress. there is pain involved in battling your own mind, but the pain is a sign that you are able to fight, that you’re doing it. sometimes you gotta bleed to know that you’re alive and have a soul. but it takes someone to come around and show you how. jenna and tyler’s love for each other is what gives tyler the power to challenge blurryface, but he won’t be able to do that without some pain involved.
and now i think i understand why blurryface is the name of this strange part of everyone’s brain. the literal opposite of the word blurryface is of course clear face. as in being able to see people’s faces clearly. blurryface is the opposite of seeing people for who they truly are. blurryface is the opposite of joining people who are fighting the same battles as you and really connecting with them. the opposite of blurryface is friendship and truth, and we must always find comfort in the fact that we are not alone. there are always people out there for you. and that’s how you defeat a demon.
I wanted to do a painting to commemorate the recent premiere of David Tennant’s latest film, Mad To Be Normal, featuring one of his favorite fashion statements: the velvet suit. I know he took home at least one of the suits he filmed in, LOL.
i see some of you theorizing that Lotor is the galra that Keith rescues from the weblum in episode 9 and while thats cool and all, i’m afraid you’re gonna have to find different evidence to support your theory. the suit that Lotor is wearing in the trailer looks like this.
not a lot of color accents or anything. plus it looks like some sort of skirt? half-skirt? either way its covering not only his ass, but also his legs. which, as you can see is very different from the suit that our mysterious galra is wearing in episode 9.
as you can see here, this design has several orange accents, the shoulder pads are much more dramatically shaped, and there’s no skirt or anything to cover that sweet ass.
now if we look from the front…
ignoring the cow in the room, we can see theres a small orange detail around the neck and this blue star design on the front. overall, Lotor’s suit design seems pretty modest and inconspicuous for a Galran prince.
however, as we could kind of see from the back, the other suit has lots of orange accents.
also, as you can see, the blue design is clearly different.
tldr: while the designs of the suits are similar, they are not the same. and the similarities are probably due to the fact that both characters are part of the Galra Empire.
Now first of all I would call them the Newsboys but like…that’s a real band that exists so idk what their name would be
But anyway! Boybands! Fun and cute and lots of wiggle room!
beloved by his bandmates and by most fans but every once in awhile there’s that one fan
Idk I just think Charlie is overrated….he can’t sing that well, Jack has a nicer voice, and I think he only gets to sing lead because of his leg :/ I’m not ableist or anything, I just don’t like him
Mostly Crutchie ignores things like that but once in awhile he wonders if they’re true
very much the Hot Onetm but people tend to overlook his talents
designed the logo and does all of the shirts and album covers but doesn’t make that public knowledge
the Crutchie Bashers usually use Jack as an excuse and Jack is having none of it he’s a master vague tweeter
I love all my bandmates and everyone is perfectly suited to what they do, from lights to vocals!
I feel like people forget Crutch and I have been best friends since fifth grade and I have videos like this cause if they didn’t they’d ask for more [video of Crutchie singing The Wizard and I at a middle school talent show]
he loves singing harmony, and only sings lead if somebody makes him. two songs in their repertoire include him on melody
(haha guess who still likes EYDW with all his heart?)
he’s the Wild Onetm but everyone adores him because he’s cute and funny
Racetrack Higgins Highlights:
“So I was like, fuck it-wait shit I can’t swear in interviews-fuck! Dammit, sorry, I-” “Race just stop talking”
he broke a snare during a concert once and put it on his head like a hat
pictures of him kissing everyone in the band, on crew, and even fans on the cheek but it’s because that’s what he does. In Italy. That’s how you greet people. and it just carried over
always wears a necklace with a shark tooth. gazes into the distance when asked where it was from and responds with, “I’ll never forget her.” Actually bought it Wings on a day off in North Carolina
changes hair colors every other week. fans go to two concerts in two days. first one he has bright red hair. next day it’s bright blue.
slowly acquiring more piercing until one day they’re all gone.
“Lmao you though those were real? I cried when I got a single ear piercing.”
then people think his tattoo is fake and it isn’t but it’s ridiculous. like literally the word “THOT” on the back of his neck. Spot dared him to.
so people love him even though he’s wild
designs sound for recordings and live shows
most fans only know him as the one goading Race on
but once in a while somebody recognizes him in the sound booth and is like “ahh, that’s who he is”
also secretly write lyrics sometimes but asks to be credited as “Sam Carlson” so his poetic writing doesn’t ruin his tough guy image
which makes people think of all these crazy theories as to who Sam Carlson is and why he writes songs randomly for the band
is the only reason Race hasn’t gotten lost on tour in a gas station
is the one who set up the Walkie Talkie system that keeps everyone organized
the star of Jack’s snapchat story half the time but never caught doing anything strange? people just know he’s awesome and says funny things
is the one who adopted the cat and resulted in him being named Asshole but it was an accident
Katherine and Sarah
managers and lighting designers
really cool and really gay
every time they’re doing a show around a Pride parade time or during Pride month there are rainbows and other flags everywhere
Sarah is also in charge of PR after the Incident of Race accidentally DMing a fan who’s username included Jack’s name something along the lines of “sup fuckface where are you everyone else is here and you’re the one who said he was bringing the good stuff”
by good stuff he’d simply meant the Purple Doritos but the fan didn’t know that and it took a while for people to let that go
People think Jack and Kat are dating for a long time because they’re always together
it literally took like fifty pictures of Kat and Saz kissing before people stopped denying how gay she was
plays bass but also violin and other related string instruments
sometimes sings a third part but not usually
people don’t give him much credit until there’s a new song
which starts out really slow and is only Jack singing and Davey playing cello but mid song it picks up and Dave changes instruments really fast like in the space of one beat to violin and goes really hard and the song tops the charts for weeks because it’s like crazy good
“yeah I’m a classically trained violinist, I just usually have more fun on bass” “…” “but i like that song a lot, most times I’m on violin it’s slow and boring”
that song is also when most of the Crutchie Bashing started because it was the first really popular one that featured Jack on melody since only Jack sang
Their shows are legendary for being good like the vocals the instrumentals everything is always good
they got their start in college where Crutchie got them into one of the theatres and it was just for fun
but Race, the wild one even in the very beginning, realized that they were actually really good and signed them up for some show like America’s Got Talent or something like that
and while they didn’t win overall, they did get enough attention to get a record deal
and then they just EXPLODED and became the new big thing
which kind of freaked all of them out a little bit because what has started as fun music with friends was suddenly paparazzi and crazy fans and people wanting to know “when is it what is it where is it how are you will you” about their songs
but they mostly acclimated pretty fast
Crutchie had the hardest time because while he’s friendly he’s also a but of an introvert and needs his privacy which was suddenly a lot harder to find
like most boybands, instantly there were Those Fans who shipped people
the most common one became Jack and Race because they seemed like the ones most likely to like each other
really though it was Spot and Race, who balanced each other out, and Jack and Crutchie, who’d been in love for years and only figure it out when people started trying to ship Jack and Race which made Crutchie really jealous, and the people who nobody knew as well like Specs and Romeo, Kat and Saz (at first they became better known later), etc
they get a really good rep with people because they’re always willing to take a selfie or like fanart as long as it isn’t creepy, or answer questions
Jack hosts monthly Q&A sessions on his snapchat and each time it’s somebody new
so like the first one is Crutchie, then Davey, then Race, then Katherine, then Sarah, the Romeo, etc
They don’t come out for a long time but one day they’re performing in a town where there’s this big news story about a gay kid getting harassed at school and they know the kid is there because it was the only positive thing they found on his twitter, so they all come out together like the entire band and crew
“So we’ve heard about some of the stuff that’s been going on here, and we want everyone to know that we don’t agree with it, at all. In fact, things like that effect us, too. I’m not the most eloquent speaker, but if you’re hurting today because of who you are, of how you’re born, know that you’ll always have support with us.”
And Jack kisses Crutchie in public for the first time which leads to Race stealing Crutchie’s mic and yelling something about “get up here asshat we can’t let him show us up!” and then suddenly every single couple involved in the band is on stage being proud of who they are
the kid who was getting bullied cried and then they invited him backstage and he cried more and it was really sweet and they stayed in touch
After that the Discoursetm is horrible around them for like, months
“reminder that Jack is dating Crutchie and shipping him with Race is not cool”
“reminder that we can ship whoever we want with whoever we want and it doesn’t cause harm”
“stop calling Jack bi when he’s gay, don’t erase his identity” (jack retweets it with the added caption “I’m bi as heck actually everyone is pretty and it’s not fair :)”
“they’re just faking it for attention!!!1!!1″
after a few years they announce it’s their last tour and people are like “oh no, what happened, did people start fighting?”
and their answer is “no but we’re like twenty eight now and honestly just want to get married and settle down”
except for Spot and Race who plan on going around the world in eighty days and then getting a dog and doing it again with the dog
or at least, that Race’s plan, Spot just honestly wants to stop moving around and settle down a bit, but maybe not get married yet
So the band breaks up and people are kinda sad but every time they’re all in one place, which is pretty often since they’re all best friends, somebody snapchat/instagram/twitter/youtube gets a new video of them messing around
Jack and Davey out out a solo album and it’s really good
Crutchie gets coerced into releasing a Christmas album and it’s funny
and Davey makes a Hanukkah album that’s him playing and singing traditional songs that he sang growing up and it’s gorgeous
Bonus: Red Carpet Tidbits
because I have a lot of feelings about Crutchie’s style
Crutchie gets known for never wearing a normal tux like it’s always custom done and never just black or navy
also his makeup is always On Point like crazy good and people are like “tell us your secrets” and he’s like “lol cvs and years of practice and makeup tutorials from YouTube”
Jack wears normal suites but there’s always a twist
the first was the time he actually just spilled paint on himself in the suit bc he’s an idiot but there wasn’t time for a new one so they ended up just going with it and it looked pretty okay
and after that he get’s suites from like Macy’s modified to look better on him and to add cool things
also his hat game is pretty terrific
he’s also a total hipster and people know it
Davey wears totally normal red carpet men’s attire but lets Crutchie do his makeup and look absolutely gorgeous
Race wears crazy stuff
like you know the Great Comet ensemble costume design? probably things like that. formal wear turned into punk style things and he pulls it off and lets Crutchie do his makeup too
the best picture of the band is from like, the Grammys or some award show like that where Crutchie is in a purple suit, Jack is wearing a beanie and a jackson pollock styled color splashed suit, dave is looking fine in a perfectly normal suit and SUPER Extra but good makeup, and Race is like barely clothed but still obviously supposed to be wearing a suit like thing and like a foot shorter than everyone
endless list of favourite female characters:Syd Barrett (Legion) ↳ Please keep talking so we can all pretend that our problems are just in our heads. [What does that mean?] It means that you’re in here because somebody said you’re not normal. Like normal is this suit we’re all supposed to… But you know who else wasn’t normal? Picasso, Einstein.
“Hello Darling?” Crowley said as he popped up behind the woman sitting at the large table in the bunker library. He creased his brows when she didn’t even acknowledge his presence. Clearing his throat she still didn’t look at him. Tightening his jaw he disappeared. Sitting in a bar he sipped at his drink and thought on the past few days. He had been trying to ask y/n to go on a date with him for valentines day but she just ignored him every time. It secretly hurt him to know that she wanted nothing to do with him. He had had a crush on the female for some time now and thought that a date on valentines day would be the perfect way to confess this crush, but no. Waving his hand for the bar tender to pour him another glass of Craig he downed the glass and ordered another and another until finally he said the hell with it and teleported back into the bunker.
Stumbling around he found her in the kitchen cooking something on the stove. She stired the pot absent mildly until he tapped on her shoulder and she turned to look at him. Giving him a smile it instantly dropped when she saw his swaying figure. His normal suit was replaced with only his dress shirt that was half untucked and his loosened tie. Knotting her brows she looked him over. Seeing his chest moving she looked up to his face to see him talking… no yelling. Why was he yelling at her? Had she done something wrong? His lips were moving too fast for her to read and she swallowed hard not knowing what to do.
Hearing yelling Sam and Dean rushed into the kitchen to see the king of hell screaming at y/n. She looked small pinned between him and the stove. Dean became furious when he saw her eyes watering up. “… I HAVE DONE NOTHING TO YOU… YOU COULD AT LEAST ACKNOWLEDGE ME WHEN I SPEAK TO YOU BUT NO YOU JUST…” The Scotsman yelled before being pushed into the counter away from y/n. Glaring back up he saw Dean standing in between them. The oldest Winchester looked furious and let out heavy breaths as he stared down the demon.“What the hell is your problem?” he asked throwing his arms out to the side. Crowley chuckled darkly before pointing at the woman no standing beside Sam. “My problem, I don’t have a problem she does! Every time I come here she ignores me. She won’t even look at me!” he growled and looked to see y/n’s face contorted into confusion. Seeing Dean shake his head Crowley looked back at the hunter. “She can’t hear you you dickhead.” Knotting his brows Dean gestured to y/n. “She’s deaf Crowley. She can’t understand you unless she can read your lips."
Y/n looked back and forth between the two men. Seeing Dean point at her she looked at his lips to see him say the word deaf. "Deaf.” It was the one simple word that defined her. Looking back at Crowley she saw him stand there in shock for a moment. When his eyes looked to her he looked away before disappearing. He was gone. y/n stared down at the floor and felt as her lip began to tremble before quickly running to her room. Closing the door behind her she threw herself on her bed and cried. He would never want anything to do with her now. Not that she ever thought she had a chance, after all it wasn’t as if they would ever be able to talk like normal people. Burying her face into her pillow she cried until she fell asleep.
Crowley felt like such a fool. Pacing around the throne room he ran his hands through his hair. He had been such an ass. He hadn’t even given her the chance to explain why she hadn’t talked to him. Flopping down into the chair he sighed. He had to make it up to her. Getting an idea he pulled out his phone and went to youtube. “Learning Sign Language.” Finding a good video he got comfortable and moved his hands along with the woman’s on the screen.
The next day y/n didn’t leave her room. She sat on her bed with her laptop in her lap watching Beauty and the beast. Her eyes followed the words as they popped up on the bottom of the screen. Feeling her phone vibrate she looked to see a text from Sam, “Going to the bar, want to come?” Letting out a sigh she texted him back, “No you two have fun. Thanks anyways.” it wasn’t but a few more minutes when her phone went off again, “You sure it’s valentines day… sure you could meet a cute guy…” Biting her lip she clicked the buttons, “No thanks.” Sending the text y/n cuddled up into her blanket, she didn’t want just any guy, she wanted Crowley. But he didn’t want her. It was valentines day he was probably off with some super model having the time of his life. When she felt someone touch her leg she jumped and looked up to see none other than the king of hell sitting on the foot of her bed. Quickly opening a word document on her laptop she typed quickly before turning it to him.
Looking at the screen he read, “What are you doing here?” Looking back up at her he took a deep breath and moved his hands like he had practiced. y/n sat in shock as she watched his hands form words. “I am so sorry for last night.” he signed pausing for continuing, “I know I am a asshole but I was was wondering if you would like to go on a doctor with me… for valentine’s day?” Giggling y/n moved his hands to form the word date instead of doctor. When he looked confused she typed on her computer, “You asked me if I wanted to go to the doctors with you lol.” Seeing him face palm himself y/n bit her lower lip and moved his hands so he would look at her. Crowley watched her hands carefully and knew she was going slow for him, “I would love to.” Seeing him smile y/n knew he had understood. Typing on her laptop she turned it to face him, “I can bring a notepad if you want…. so we can talk.” Meeting her eyes he shook his head and moved his hands, “I want to talk to you like this.” he signed and smiled at her. Y/n held back her tears as she looked at him and nodded.